Secrets of Successful Loach Fish Maintenance

Description: maintaining loaches fish in the aquarium requires perfect tank condition, ideal school size, and nonaggressive tank mates.


Loaches are peaceful bottom-dwelling fish that make your tank more interesting. Maintaining loaches fish in the aquarium is not easy, because they have thin scales and susceptible to diseases. You need to maintain them properly to keep them pretty and healthy.

Requirements to Keep Loaches Fish

Loach species require slightly different variations in maintenance requirements. However, the general rules are:

       ·         Warm temperature
Most loaches prefer temperature range from 75 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 30 degrees Celsius). Some species prefer colder temperatures. Horseface loach, for example, loves temperature range from 40 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 25 degrees Celsius).

      ·         Proper tank volume and pH
Loaches love low-running water, which mimics their natural habitat (swampy water). Ideal pH is between 6.0 and 7.5, depending on the species. Your tank must have at least 20 gallons of water. Some schooling species, such as tiger loaches, require a larger tank to live happily.

      ·         Hiding spots
As bottom-dwellers, loaches prefer a lot of hiding spots. You can prepare a log, water plant, and several ornaments that fish can use to hide. Use the mix of fine gravel and soft sand for the bottom part, allowing loaches to scavenge.

Make sure to cover your filter pipes, so the fish don’t get suck in. Place proper tank cover, because these fish can leap through the surface.

Tank Mates and School Size

To keep the loaches safe, choose small and nonaggressive tank mates. Tetras, rainbowfish, barbs, and danios are ideal for most loaches. Make sure the tank mates have similar sizes to the loaches. Some species, such as tiger loaches, prefer to live with their own schools.

Ideally, a loach school should consist of six fish. Otherwise, add three gallons of your tank volume for each additional fish. When searching for companions, find surface or mid-dwelling fish that will not cram the loaches. Avoid territorial fish like arowana and cichlids.

Maintaining loaches fish in the aquarium requires extra efforts. However, you will be rewarded with healthy, beautiful, peaceful-looking fish.

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